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Happy Coffee Ice Cream Day!

Happy Coffee Ice Cream Day!

Photo: Anshu - flickr http://bit.ly/2c2GAVX

Photo: Anshu - flickr http://bit.ly/2c2GAVX

At De La Gente, coffee is a daily ritual, a constant celebration, we relish in our morning tradition of brewing it up in whatever method fits our fancy that day, but today is a little different. Today is September 6th which means it's Coffee Ice Cream Day! In honor of this delicious day, we wanted to share with you an easy and fun way to turn our De La Gente coffee into delicious ice cream!

Here in Guatemala, ice cream is a favorite sweat treat of just about everyone. There is a Sarita (local ice cream/frozen yogurt shop) in just about every town with a flavor and style for everyone. Specialty ice cream and frozen yogurt are growing in popularity and you can find them in nice restaurants and ice cream parlors, but really good creamy, hard ice cream can be hard to come by outside of Antigua and the Capital. That's why we are sharing one of our favorite recipes so that you too can make and enjoy De la Gente coffee ice cream anywhere anytime - as long as it's not too far from the freezer.  

De la Gente Coffee Ice Cream

This recipe takes about 3 hours in total to make and yields approximately a ½ gallon (or 8 servings for those of you who want to share it with friends and family) and requires no ice cream machines! We love it because of it's simplicity and deliciousness - it is also easily modified or adapted to fix any dietary - non-dairy or vegan - restrictions.

Ingredients:

  • 15 ounces of milk (cashew or whole milk is recommended but almond, soy or coconut are great substitutes)
  • 1 cup of De La Gente Coffee (a strong brew is recommended)
  • ¾ cup of sugar (stevia, truvia, or agave nectar can also be used)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Optional additives:
    • Pinch of salt
    • ¼ cup of cocoa powder to make it a moca coffee ice cream and/or ½ cup of chocolate chips (in the last hour of mixing) Moca Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream?!? Yes please!

Mix the milk, coffee, sugar and vanilla in a large saucepan and bring to a boil (add optional ingredients here as well). Simmer for a few minutes, set aside and let cool.

If you have an ice cream machine: pour the mixture into the machine and follow those instructions.

If you do not have an ice cream machine: poor mixture into a glass or metal bowl and place in freezer. Every 45 minutes remove it and mix by hand or in a blender. The process will take about 3 hours, mix in optional chocolate chips in the last hour.

Final Step - Enjoy your home made De la Gente ice cream, snap a photo of it and share it with us! 

*This recipe is adapted from food.com’s vegan coffee ice cream recipe*